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Geese Imports (Poland)

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 November 1950

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asked the President of the Board of Trade why licences to import geese from Poland have been refused; why licences to import chickens from Poland have been granted; and whether he will reconsider this decision in view of the shortage of turkeys.

The import of geese from Poland was prohibited because the way in which the birds were prepared for slaughter exposed them to the risk of infection from fowl pest. To minimise this risk, the Polish Government has agreed to changes which we can accept, and imports will therefore again be permitted. Our requirements in the case of chickens were accepted earlier by the Polish Government.